ALEXA is once again at the heart of a murder trial after a judge ordered Amazon to release recordings from a unit as part of a case of double homicide.
A speaker at a house in New Hampshire could, according to prosecutors, have recorded evidence of how Christine Sullivan and Jenna Pellegrini died.
The accused, Timothy Verril was said to have access to the property of Sullivan's boyfriend Dean Smoronk and was caught on CCTV at the time of the murder, talking to the two women.
There's no suggestion that Alexa recorded the whole thing, but prosecutors feel that it could be worth checking in case anything else did get picked up that might be useful.
A phone was paired to the device, and although that is also being investigated, it's not thought that it could be used to cement any conviction.
This is not the first time that Alexa has been asked to "testify" in a murder. Last year, the smart assistant was "subpoenaed" in the trial of James Bates, who is said to have killed his friend Victor Collins.
In this case, even though recordings were presented and evidence was found, it was not enough to avoid the case being thrown out after the judge found that there wasn't enough evidence to discount "other reasonable explanations".
Both men were drinking at the time and Alexa couldn't help with whether the amount in Collins' system could have been a factor, so Bates was released without further charge.
The upshot is that, whilst the issue of "what the smart assistant saw" is still going to make waves as we come to terms with the fact that we've paid to have listening devices installed in our houses, the way that Alexa recordings work means its unlikely to be a crucial piece of any puzzles.
What these instances do remind us of, however, is that all this stuff we're doing is being recorded and held in warehouses and although the odds are tiny, they can be retrieved and they can be used against us.
Or it might just cut through the crap and call the police itself. μ
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But it might still not be enough to make virtual reality super appealing
And a ridiculous competition
Now you can talk to your silly-looking earbuds too